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Now, about Pegasus . . .
(Spring, 2017)
ALAN BALCH PHOTO

NO, I'm not talking about the Pegasus World Cup. Not yet, anyway. I've been a fan of the original Pegasus since my earliest memories around horses, when he was the symbol of the American equestrian governing body. As drawn by George Ford Morris, he appeared on the engraved medals and embossed certifi cates for horsemanship we were all trying to win.

For those of us interested in pedigree, he was sired by Poseidon . . . Greek god of horses, incidentally, along with the sea, earthquakes, and storms. And never underestimate the infl uence of the bottom line: his dam was the hideous, winged, venomous monster Medusa, no doubt the source of his own lovely, powerful wings, but not his handsome countenance. Nor his stunning white purity.

His jock was Bellerophon, who invented the riding helmet and safety vest, and, needing no whip, had his hands instead on a shield and golden spear.

Bellerophon was sent on the original Mission Impossible (well understood by every single one of today's riders, no doubt) – to slay the ferocious, fire-breathing, hybrid monster Chimera, whose very sighting was an omen for disaster. Pegasus was his vehicle, and the necessary if not suffi cient condition for vanquishing evil.

In short, the horse came fi rst. Still does. Without Pegasus, the jockey was nowhere. And the monster would live.

So it is quite fitting, at least in one sense, that the world's richest race would bear the name of the heroic and inspirational Pegasus, thunderbolts and all.

In another sense, sadly, it simply calls attention to the chaos we face in American racing, particularly in California . . . top and bottom of that Pegasus pedigree, by the way, trace back to Chaos. Repeatedly.

According to media reports, the 473-ton, 110-foot tall, dark steel and bronze depiction of Pegasus stomping a dragon (absent his jock) cost $30million to construct at Gulfstream Park in Florida. The World Cup purse there was $12million in 2017, and is being elevated to $16million in 2018.

CTT LOGO ATTENTION THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS
CTT Pledge $150,000 for Urgent
Surveillance Program Initiative

(Notice date: August 31, 2015)
ATTENTION SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HORSEMEN


ARCADIA, CALIF. . The leadership of California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) has voted unanimously to pledge $150,000 from its reserves to initiate and assist in leading a comprehensive race day camera surveillance and security program in stable areas at Thoroughbred tracks in California.


Trainer Profile
David Hofmans
Spring, 2017
by Ed Golden
Photos: Eclipse Sportswire, Horsephotos
TRAINER PHOTO

David Hofmans marches to his own drummer, and the beat is always double time. On any given morning at Santa Anita, the 73-year-old Hofmans and his 34-year-old nephew, Brent Fabbri, his assistant for 15 years, are in lockstep, David at 5-11 and Brent at 6-2, bald pates gleaming in the Southern California sun, as they march to a lookout point on the grandstand steps to watch their horses work.

This is a routine that began for Hofmans more than four decades ago, when he saddled his first winner, Nu Kali, at Santa Anita in 1974. He since has gone on to establish a résumé some Hall of Fame members might envy, considering his achievements.

They include three eyebrow-raising Breeders' Cup upsets: with Adoration, at 40-1 the longest shot on the board in the 2003 Distaff under Patrick Valenzuela; the 2008 Turf Sprint at 36-1 with Desert Code, ridden by Richard Migliore; and Hofmans' signature Breeders' Cup triumph, the $4 million Classic in 1996 when Alphabet Soup, ridden by Chris McCarron, toppled two-time Horse of the Year Cigar at Woodbine, paying $41.70 to win.

Hofmans hasn't lost his touch. On March 12, 2016, he saddled 16-1 outsider Melatonin to win the storied Santa Anita Handicap, leading all the way under Joe Talamo. It was Hofmans' sixth victory in a race worth at least a million dollars.

But by far his favorite horse is an otherwise nondescript California-bred, a salty old campaigner named His Legacy who captured the Cal Cup Starter Handicap three times, in 1991, 1992, and 1994, and ran second in 1993.

His Legacy ran his first race on December 5, 1987, when he was two, winning a sixfurlong sprint on a sloppy Bay Meadows track at 14-1 by eight lengths under Tim Doocy. The grand gelding's final race came on December 29, 1994, at nine, when he won the Cal Cup Starter Handicap at a mile-and-a-half by two lengths with Paul Atkinson in the saddle. The odds were 7-2. In 47 career starts, he was favored only nine times.

"He had a winning personality," Hofmans said of the bay son of Pocketful in Vail bred by Mr. and Mrs. Laurie Kahn and owned by Legacy Ranch. "All he ever wanted to do was try. Whenever he ran a poor race it was because we had him in the wrong spot. If you look at his record, it's unbelievable.


CTT LOGO ATTENTION THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS
New Year-Around Ship & Win Program
(Notice date: March 27, 2015)
ATTENTION SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HORSEMEN


New year-around Ship & Win program provides incentives for you!

Purse bonuses and cash incentives - see attached or below - are provided for a horse's first start in California (first-time starters excluded), whether or not the owner or trainer are currently based in Southern California.

This program is an ongoing opportunity for Southern California trainers and their owners to be rewarded for bringing new stock to California to race at Santa Anita, Del Mar, and Los Alamitos.

Act now!

Program begins April 2, and provides for a 30% purse bonus, plus $1,000 for first Southern California start. See the details attached.



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NEWS FROM THE CHRB
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California Horse Racing Board
1010 Hurley Way, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 263-6000

Date: June 23, 2017
SUMMARY OF CHRB ACTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS 6-22-17
ARCADIA, CA - The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, June 22, at Santa Anita Park. First Vice Chair George Krikorian presided. Second Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance.
The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief:
  • The Board approved licenses for five Advance Deposit Wagering companies -NYRAbets.com, Twinspires.com/Bet America, WatchandWager.com, XpressBet and TVG - for 18 months. By the time those licenses are up for renewal at the end of 2018, the CHRB plans to have an amended license application in place requiring ADW companies to provide more extensive financial information specific to their California operations.
  • The Board approved the license for the Los Alamitos Racing Association to conduct a daytime thoroughbred race meet at Los Alamitos from July 5 through July 18 on condition that LARA submit all required documents to the CHRB by June 30.

EQUINE HEALTH


The Horse Report from
UC Davis Equine Health Center

Equine Health Report
FOOTING SCIENCE
Understanding and Addressing Lameness

  • How Do You Know if a Horse is Lame?
  • What is Equine Footing Science?
  • Immediately Translating Research Findings to Clinical Application
  • Join Us at the Kentucky Derby
  • UC Davis Bones Scans Improving the Lives of Racehorses
  • ...and More



AAEP

 
The decision to geld or castrate a colt or stallion is ultimately the choice of the owner. However, questions and concerns about the procedure, aftercare and future career may be warranted. Learn more about castration by posing your questions to our experts, Drs. Jen Reda and Stephanie Regan, during the month of November.
AAEP

 
STUDY: IDENTIFYING SIGNS OF HUMERAL
AND SCAPULAR FRACTURES
(November 28, 2012)
Study: Identifying Signs of Humeral and Scapular Fractures

Dr. Erin McKerney, in collaboration with Dr. Susan Stover from the J.D Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory, at UC Davis is conducting a study to better understand the events that lead to catastrophic fractures of the humerus and scapula in racehorses. These injuries can happen suddenly, unexpectedly and often without warning to horses under the care of a large variety of trainers. Complete fractures of the scapula and humerus are almost always fatal; but, when recognized early, the predisposing incomplete stress fractures can heal and horses are able to successfully return to racing.

 



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